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Meet the Most Profitable PC Company You've Never Heard Of

Dell's Original Equipment Manufacturer division makes custom PCs for companies in a variety of industries. It also makes money. With sales of plain ol' out-of-the-box machines on the decline, this might point to the future of the PC.

Windows 8.1 Update deep-dive review: An OS that makes more sense

In Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft may be finally getting it right: The latest version of its operating system finally bridges the gap between touch and traditional computing.

4 reasons Microsoft is a new company

There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.

Microsoft gets strategic with its Enterprise Mobility Suite

With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft will make it easier for companies to manage a range of devices, including those running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It's a smart move, says columnist Ryan Faas.

Security Manager's Journal: A rush to XP's end of life

The end of Microsoft support is fast approaching, and the company still has a lot of machines running the old Windows operating system.

3 Free Alternatives to Windows for Desktop PCs

It's an increasingly mobile world -- and the mobile future of Windows is dubious. To better accommodate end users, CIOs would be wise to consider these three alternatives to Windows on the desktop -- Chrome, Android and Ubuntu.

Review + videos: 3 convertible Windows laptops try to be all devices to all people

We look at three Windows 8.1 convertibles that can transform into laptops, tablets or presentation devices, and try to discover how useful they really are.

Windows 8: Learn to love it

If you're having a rough time with your Windows 8 computer, several options are available to smooth out the bumps

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 7 lives!

More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch: A lightweight contender

We test Lenovo's latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch ultrabook, which is sleek and powerful, offers an impressive display and comes with an interesting keyboard innovation.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: You can keep using XP for another year, but do you really want to?

While clinging to the 11-year-old OS after Microsoft issues its last security patch in April is defensible, the security risks are going to keep mounting.

Jonny Evans: Microsoft, the wallflower

The choice of Satya Nadella as CEO suggests that the consumer-market party is over for the company, as it turns its attention to the unglamorous world of infrastructure.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Told you so! Microsoft backs off on Metro

Microsoft appears to be backing off on its biggest user interface fiasco since Microsoft Bob: In the Windows 8.1 update, the desktop rather than Metro reportedly will be the default interface.

Power to the portable: 3 high-performance mobile workstations

When you're running a large-scale simulation or editing a professional video, you need more computing power than most laptops can give. In this roundup, we review three high-powered Windows mobile workstations.

An open letter to Microsoft's next CEO: 12 wishes from the Windows faithful

We billion-plus customers would like the next head honcho in Redmond to address these dozen action items

Steven J. Vaughan Nichols: Windows 9 in 2015: Desperation isn't pretty

Yes, Windows 8's been a failure. It's been worse than Vista. But is the solution really to push out a new operating system in double-quick time?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Lessons for IT from Windows 8/Metro

What went wrong? The answer could keep your IT team from a similar design fiasco.

How to safely mingle personal and business data in a Windows world

Work Folders, new to Windows Server 2012 R2, helps administrators manage user-created data in a BYOD environment.

3 Powerful Laptops Built for Serious Business

Looking for a laptop with serious processing power? CIO.com put three high-end laptops -- the Soni Vaio Flip 15, the HP ZBook 15 and the Acer Aspire V3 -- to the photo- and video-editing test to see which offers the best bang for the buck.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: The Windows killer: Chromebook

Could the Chromebook knock out Windows on the desktop? Don't bet against it.